The Hip-Hop Cred of Roy Choi’s New Pancake at POT

Kimchi, pork belly, jalapeños, and pancakes collide in this culinary mashup
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If you’ve never seen a rapper freestyle about a pancake, plug in some headphones and press play on the video below. That’s Koreatown native Johnathan Park, better known by his stage name Dumbfoundead, and he teamed up with Roy Choi to design Pot’s new limited-time menu item.

The duo came up with what is officially billed as the Off the Dough Pancake—a variation on the crispy vegetable pajeon that already exists on Pot’s menu except ramped up with kimchi, jalapeños, and pork belly, and served with a funky fish roe dipping sauce. Choi and Dumbfoundead think it’s the perfect representation of their shared K-Town roots.

The collaboration is a part of First We Feast’s Sessions series, where the Complex Magazine-owned food site pairs chefs with musicians and makes their unique culinary collaborations come to life. Earlier this year, they brought rapper Action Bronson together with chef Michael White to create the “Baby Blue Bronson” Dog: a bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with gorgonzola dolce and cherry preserves.

Choi remarks in the YouTube video that he was immediately on board with the project when he found out it was gong to feature his hometown and a local artist. Now, First We Feast just has to figure out how to get him to spit a few bars in the next project. The Off the Dough Pancake will be available at Pot through October 31.

Pot, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown, 213-368-3030 or eatatpot.com

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